Kathryn Stracquatanio nominated for Innovator of the Year in Rad Awards
Cadet, Kathryn Stracquatanio, has been nominated as Innovator of the Year in the 2016 Rad Awards. In its second year, the award program honors local women leaders who inspire in the fields of technology, media, culture and business. In celebration of Philly Tech Week 2016, Rad Girls will be hosting the awards ceremony and party at Stratus Rooftop Lounge on May 3, 2016, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.
Kathryn is the Tech Lead at Bluecadet and is a creative and versatile front-end developer. After starting her career as a designer, Kathryn brought her eye for detail to the development process. She has worked on everything from websites to to touch screens to native iOS apps. Before joining Bluecadet, Kathryn was an interactive developer at One Trick Pony, where she created websites and rich-media campaigns for major international brands. She graduated from Philadelphia University with a B.S. in Graphic Design.
How does it feel to be nominated for “Innovator Of The Year” in the Rad Awards?
I am absolutely floored. The women nominated have so much talent and outreach in the Philadelphia Community and I am so honored to be anywhere near that list.
Tell us about your background and how you came to be the Tech Lead at Bluecadet.
I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and somehow was hired as a developer, with no development experience, at a small advertising agency. From there I just Googled everything (everything!), and was lucky to have great mentors to help push me forward in my career. With a non-traditional developer background I found it easier to break some rules.
What do you love most about your job? What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
I love pushing boundaries and problem solving. It can be a little daunting to work in an environment where every project has something we might not have tackled before, but it is so rewarding and satisfying to make it happen.
You obviously have a passion for the work you do. What advice would you give to someone who is trying to mix passion with career?
To be open minded. Passion can come from so many unexpected places in a career. Growing up, I thought I was meant to be a designer, but I came to realize that it really stemmed from finding a visible solution to a problem.
Do you have a motto or something that you tell yourself that keeps you going?
Make it work. Sometimes we’re faced with crazy deadlines, unreasonable client requests, or just plain stumped on how to solve a problem. We all want solve things correctly, but by the book isn’t always the most productive or creative outcome. Sometimes you just got to throw the kitchen sink at it, and if it works, maybe tomorrow you can revise.